CANADA: Rally to end Islamophobia
by Rachelle Friesen
I am deeply humbled to stand beside all of you today, as we continue to confront Islamophobia, fascism and white supremacy - in all its manifestations. Yet, I also recognize who I am, and the land on which we stand.
I am white. I am a settler. And I was born in a country that exists because of the genocide of Indigenous people and the dispossession of Indigenous land. I recognize that, today, we gather on that stolen land. Land that has never been willingly given up nor ever been relinquished, despite what white historians may tell us.
And as we gather here today, it is important to remember this landâ€™s history, and the country that was built on it, it is important to remember its history especially when there are so many who work to rewrite it. It is important to remember this countryâ€™s history so we can one day stop repeating it.
This country was never built on values of freedom for all. Rather, it was built on the genocide of Indigenous inhabitants and the oppression of racialized people. It was built on sexual violence against women and built on the exploitation of the worker. This is this countryâ€™s history but it is also acutely felt and experienced in its present.
Photo Credit: Murray Lumley.